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Seasonal Fires in South Africa

by NASA

Published September 17, 2010


Several large fires were burning in South Africa when the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer (MODIS) on NASA's Aqua satellite acquired this image on September 15, 2010. Wind blows the thick plumes of pale brown smoke east over the Indian Ocean. The fires are outlined in red. Most of the fires were probably set by people who use fire as a tool to manage land, but some of the fires may be wildfires. The savannas of southern Africa have long been shaped by fires, which remove woody bushes to make way for grasses. Since September is the end of the dry season in South Africa, plants are at their driest and the landscape is prone to fire. Widespread fires extend north through Mozambique in the large image, which shows a much larger area. The large image is the highest-resolution version of the image, but the image is available in additional resolutions from the MODIS Rapid Response Team. NASA image courtesy Jeff Schmaltz, MODIS Rapid Response Team at NASA GSFC. Caption by Holli Riebeek.


Identifier 482930main_Mozambique_amo_2010258_lrg
Filename 482930main_Mozambique_amo_2010258_lrg_full.jpg
Creator NASA
Date 2010-09-17
Mediatype image
Rights Public Domain
Source http://www.nasa.gov/images/content/482930main_Mozambique_amo_2010258_lrg_full.jpg
Year 2010
Publicdate 2010-11-21 00:37:32
Addeddate 2010-11-21 00:37:32
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